Title: Vehicle dynamics model for simulation on a microcomputer

Authors: R.M. Brach

Addresses: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Abstract: Equations of motion are derived for a two-axle, two-wheeled vehicle pulling a one-axle, two-wheeled trailer. Linear and nonlinear tyre side force models are discussed. Examples of computer solutions of the equations are presented for both single vehicle motion and articulated vehicle motion. A comparison of tractor semitrailer manoeuvres with a more elaborate simulation shows excellent results.

Keywords: articulated vehicles; equations of motion; microcomputers; simulation; single vehicles; vehicle dynamics; tractor-semitrailers; two-wheeled vehicles; force modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1991.061757

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1991 Vol.12 No.4, pp.404 - 419

Published online: 27 May 2014 *

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